My apologies for not posting for a while. I had better explain myself, briefly. Weekend was busy with moving at St. Charles on Saturday during the day and then a nice picnic after that into the evening. Sunday I spent at various Masses and then went off to Indianapolis for a friend’s wedding. The reception went LATE into the night and I didn’t return to Bloomington until early Monday morning.
Then this week is spent busily preparing for Summer Institute in the mornings and then teaching religious ed in the afternoons, and then doing all the planning in the evening. I’m having a great time doing it all. Funny how this takes it out of me more than writing papers, reading, and doing tests and that kind of thing. This is so much more enjoyable!
Anyhow, I couldn’t resist a post about today’s reading from Tobit. Not every day you get a reading about bird droppings and blindness and an antiquated view of the role of women. It’s all here! Fr. Rich subbed for Fr. Bill today at St. Charles for the 5:30 Mass, and he said he wasn’t going to touch the reading. Some women told him afterwords that was the wise thing to do.
The book of Tobit is sometimes referred as a “Hebrew Romance”, but there isn’t too much romance in today’s segment. The story in today’s reading is: Tobit is a man of good works who lies down to rest, only to have a bird poop on his head. Early in the reading he loses his eyesight when this happens, so his wife, Anna, is forced to take on the “work of a woman” to earn some money to make ends meet.
So she goes about her work and brings home pay, but she also one day comes home with a goat–given to her as a bonus. Tobit doesn’t believe her and thinks the goat had been stolen.
After he gets angry with Anna, she replies to him: “Where are your charitable deeds now? Where are your virtuous acts? See! Your true character is finally showing itself!”
And so we learn something about suffering here, and that we are called to, in the midst of that suffering, we must keep trusting God and remain faithful to Him. We ought not grow bitter or lose faith or hope in God and one another.